Breathtaking Arrogance


Update: The News-Miner reports that the Miller campaign blames a staffer for these tweets. What staffer would presume to use a first person pronoun in writing tweets? WC suggests it is far more likely that Miller has thrown another one of his staffers under the bus. The News-Miner also reports the tweets were deleted as…

Ambrose Bierce Weighs In


A comment by Notellin reminded WC of a couple of Ambrose Bierce stories that are on point: His Fly-Speck Majesty A Distinguished Advocate of Republican Institutions was seen pickling his shins in the ocean. “Why don’t you come out on dry land?” said the Spectator. “What are you in there for?” “Sir,” replied the Distinguished…

Simple Solutions


There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken, New York Evening Mail, November 16, 1917, and reprinted in Prejudices: Second Series (1920). WC calls this “Mencken’s Law.” Nothing has changed in the 93 years since Mencken made his point. And we get reminded of it in each and…

Freddie the Freeloader


Some nice investigative work by the Anchorage Daily News has revealed that Joe Miller, in his first year in Alaska, managed to buy an expensive home in South Anchorage, land a posh $70,000/year job at Condon Partnow & Sharrock, and yet still qualify for a resident low-income hunting and fishing license that required a family…

A Nod to Manuel Noriega


WC is a birder, and deals with the long Interior Alaska winters by leaving them for a few weeks each year, looking for new species of birds, bright sunlight, liquid water and the color green. It’s amazing how much easier it is to tolerate that long, slow climb back to spring if you’ve spent a…

Own a Piece of the Pipe: A Cautionary Tale


Ethan Berkowitz’s campaign platform includes his “own a piece of the pipe” plan. If elected, Berkowitz would press for the Alaska Legislature to create a corporation – it’s exact role regarding the gas line isn’t well defined – in which Alaskans could buy stock using their Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends. There are even fancy stock…

Convicted Felon Gets Huge Brass Plaque


Monday night the New York Yankees revealed a gigantic brass plaque honoring the late convicted felon and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. WC is not a Yankees fan. WC is emphatically not a fan of King George. But a half-ton brass plaque, measuring seven feet wide by five feet tall? Babe Ruth’s plaque is a mere…